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For Immediate Release

12 February 2009

Contact: Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Affairs, MRF
Email: jeff@mrf.org

New Hampshire House Bill 95 Fails.

New Hampshire House bill 95 introduced by Representative Day (D-North
Hampton) attempts to reduce motorcycle sound by prohibiting any and all motorcycle exhaust system modifications; prohibiting all after-market equipment that replaces the muffler; requiring all motorcycles to be equipped with a tachometer; requiring all motorcycles to measure 95 decibels or less tested at 20 inches from the exhaust system at a 45 degree angle; and would increase the fine to not more than $500 for a violation.

This legislation is opposed by the New Hampshire Motorcycle Rights Organization and the MRF.

The legislation was voted on by the New Hampshire House Transportation Committee last week and was unanimously opposed by the committee and recommended that the bill be ITL (inexpedient to legislate) to the full House. The full House followed the direction of the Committee and dispensed with the bill.

New Hampshire State Senator Bob Letourneau had this to say: "New Hampshire motorcyclists deserve better than what HB 95 would have legislated and I am pleased to see that my colleagues in the House chamber have defeated the measure". Letourneau is Chairman of the New Hampshire Senate Transportation Committee and a past recipient of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation highest honor, the John "Farmer" Eggers award.

With no mention of helmets, straight pipes or any of the usual motorcycle targets, the legislation doesn't raise red flags to the average person.
However any legislation that bans one form of aftermarket equipment and in the next breath requires aftermarket equipment should be a red flag to anyone.

Perhaps the New Hampshire State House of Representative Republican Leader Sherman Packard summed it up best when he said "In my 35 years fighting for motorcyclists' rights this is the most anti-motorcycling bill I have seen and I am pleased that the House took appropriate action."

The MRF applauds the New Hampshire House for standing up for the rights of the motorcyclists of New Hampshire.

 

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